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Various teertha kshetras of Ayodhya’s Sri Ram Janmabhoomi as per Skanda Purana

Skanda Purana describes many teertha locations of Ayodhya in a vivid manner. It gives the exact local directions leading to Shree Rama’s janmabhoomi (birth spot). This is an accurate match with the equivalent present-day locations in Ayodhya.

Ancient Ayodhya’s teertha description from Skanda Purana 2.8.1-10Present-day Ayodhya’s location in the corresponding direction, an exact match
Chakra teertha and VishnuhariChakra teerth ghat
East of Chakra teertha is Brahma kundaBrahma-kund Gurudwara
Northeast of Brahma kunda is RnmochanaRinmochana ghat
Near Rnmochana is Papamochana ghatPapamochana ghat nearby
East of Papamochana is Sahasradhara or Lakshmana teerthaLakshman ghat
Lakshmana merges with Adi- Shesha, the divine serpentSheshavatara temple
Ascension of God Rama from Swarga dwaraSwargdwar ghat
Near Swarga dwara is Chandrahari, to its southeast is Dharmahari, to its south is swarna-khani and to its south is confluence of Sarayu and TilodakiChandrahari is near Swargdwar, and there is a confluence of Sarayu River and a small stream on Google maps
West of this confluence is Seeta kundaSeeta-kund, east of Vidya-kund and Mani Parvat
West of Vishnu-Hari is Chakra-HariChakra-Hari on yatra map
Near Chakra-Hari is Gupta-Hari. 3 yojana west of Gupta-Hari is confluence of Sarayu and GhargharaGuptar ghat, and confluence of Rivers Sharda and Ghaggar
Northwest of Seeta kunda is Kshirodaka where Dasharatha did putreshti yagnyaDashrath mahal
Southwest of Kshirodaka is Brihaspati kunda, then south is Rukmini kunda, then Northwest is Dhana-yaksha, treasurer of King Harishachandra, then north is Vasishtha kundaBrihaspati kund on yatra map; Guru Vashishtha Dharamshala on Google map
West of Vasishtha kunda is Sagar kunda, then southwest is Yogini kunda, then east is Urvashi kunda, then south is Ghosarka kunda, then west is Rati kunda, then west is Kusumayuddha kundaKushmayudha kund on yatra map
West of Kusumayuddha kunda is Mantreshwar Shivalinga templeGod Shiva temple
North of Mantreshwar temple are Goddesses Sitladevi, Bandi and ChudakiThere seems to be 3 mosques here
East of Goddess Chudaki temple is Maharatna teerthaMani Parvat, meaning mountain of emeralds
Southwest of Maharatna teertha are 2 lakes Durbhara and MahabharaDurbharsar on yatra map
Northeast of Durbhara is Mahavidya kundaVidya kund on yatra map
Dughdeshwar Mahadeva templeDurgeshwar Mahadev temple
On the eastern side is Taponidhi teertha, then to its west is Hanumat kunda, then further west is Vibhishana saras (pond)Hanumat Garhi temple; Vibhishan kund
Many teertha near River Tamasa including Bharata kunda at NandigramaBharat-kund near Nandigram
North of these places is Veera Gaja (elephant) teerthaMata-gajendra
South of Veera teertha is Lanka’s Surasa Rakshasa fort who came to defend Ayodhya; to the west of Surasa is Pindraka, then west is VighneshwarSugreeva tila (fort)
Northeast of Vighneshwar, north of Vasishtha kunda, and west of Lomasha ashrama, is Shree Rama janmabhoomi. Reachingthis pious place one can achieve moksha (salvation).To the north of Vasishtha Dharmashala, and west of Ram Gulela temple (Lomasha Muni ashram) is Shree Rama janma-bhoomi

The 1,045-page Supreme Court judgment refers to Skanda Purana 60 times. It also relies on Archaeological Survey India’s many detailed reports based on ground-penetrating radar and excavations.

References:

  1. Skanda Purana (Source)
  2. Teertha yatra maps from Google

This article has been penned by Shri Gaurang Damani who has authored the book Essence of the fifth Veda and the upcoming Untold stories of Ramayana.

(Featured Image Source: Dainik Jagran)

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